Anyone else terrified of Thanksgiving

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SassyLassy69...

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Posted: 13 Nov 2010, 10:26
Thanksgiving used to be one of my favorite holidays and now with it less than 2 weeks away, I find myself dreading it. How in the world am I going to be able to resist all that great food..... that I have no idea how Im going to add to it my food diary. Ugh, I guess I will just eat light most of the day till then and then add what I can. I really hope I can be good!!! Smile
katekat

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Posted: 13 Nov 2010, 11:43
I am worried about this as well. My biggest problem is when I feel like I am denying myself it backfires. So, I am going to try to follow Dolly Parton's advice and eat whatever I want that day; just small portions of it. I figure if I eat all the healthy food first (salad, veggies, and whatnot) then I can have bites of everything else.

It does help that I am the main cook for my T-day. This way I know exactly what is in everything and I have a LOT of control over how healthy the side dishes are. Do you think it would help if you made a healthy side dish or dessert that you know you really love so that you will look forward to eating that instead of all the other stuff? Good luck!! Either way, thank goodness it is only one day!
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Posted: 13 Nov 2010, 11:51
One day "off plan" is nothing to worry about. It can actually be quite good for your metabolism. I mean, you don't have to go nuts or anything, but I plan to just skip counting calories that day because it's a holiday, I'll be with family, and sometimes you just have to live! Food is part of social celebration as well as being fuel. You can relax for a day and enjoy yourself. I plan to have reasonable portions of everything I like, and stop before I feel overly full.

People don't gain weight because of one day. It happens because they treat "the holidays" as the entire months of November and December. As long as you don't do that, you won't slow your weight loss in any noticeable way Smile
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afernow

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Posted: 13 Nov 2010, 11:54
I think sometimes we hae the wrong idea about food. When we forbid food, we want it more. Our problems is the overeating and failure to modify our eating habits. I would eat a few bites of what you really want on Thanksgiving and be okay with it as long as you dont over eat. If you take a bite of something and it isn't hitting the spot, stop eating it. Don't wast calorie intake ont things you don't really want.
Hoser

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Posted: 13 Nov 2010, 12:32
Don't resist.

Hoser declares that Thursday shall be a diet-free day for anyone who wants it to be. Eat whatever you want. Use this day as an opportunity to practice your newfound understanding of portion sizes and healthy choices.

What happens if there's apple pie, pecan pie, and pumpkin pie, and you want all three? Have them! Don't eat whole pieces, though-- take smaller slivers of each, enough to total one piece of pie. This is how a person making healthy food choices would cope with that situation.

Dieting should be about learning to making better choices, not about deprivation and suffering. If you're terrified of food, you're doing it wrong.

(As for me, I'll be spending a week and a half in New York and London. I have declared the entire vacation a diet-free zone.)
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Posted: 13 Nov 2010, 13:24
I agree that having one day "off", enjoying the food, family, and not counting calories is a great idea. K8's right, one day doesn't mess everything that you've worked for up, it's treating the entire season as a holiday. And I, for one, will NOT be weighing myself until my regular day, Monday and I won't beat myself up if I gained a tad. Enjoy!
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Posted: 13 Nov 2010, 15:02
I am looking forward to it! I even practiced yesterday--went over my target by almost 400 calories for the day.

Like those above said already--an occasional "off" day is not always a bad thing. Enjoy the day, let yourself go off plan for a while, and remember that come Friday morning, it is back to business.
foodisevil

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Posted: 13 Nov 2010, 16:00
When I started thinking about the holidays and all the foods I love, I decided that as long as I did my best the rest of the months (Thanksgiving adn Christmas are both big for us) Then I can eat whatever I feel like it those 2 days. (Thanksging & Christmas)

I think that if I try to deny it, I will just be miserable. I don't want my families worrying that this new healthy food lifestyle is making me a miserable person. Smile

Plus, there have been a few times where I ate too much since starting this and boy did I regret it! i have learned to eat everything slower, so that I actually know when I'm full rather than making myself sick.
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Posted: 13 Nov 2010, 16:29
I plan on eating everything I love in moderation Wink
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Posted: 13 Nov 2010, 16:56
to each his own but last time I went off program it took me very little time to gain all the weight back that I had lost, so I can't afford to go off program..and might never add back in foods that aren't on my program at all, ever..

I really never intend to eat those really starchy foods that people crave for holidays..there are enough low carb substitutes out there that will fill the bill..

I've blown it dozens of times over 40 years and this has to be the last time..a lifestyle change, not something I'll feel I can "cheat on"..not going to cheat on my health..was losing my vision and health, which I have regained and it means too much to me to blow it cause of a meal
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SassyLassy69...

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Posted: 14 Nov 2010, 13:46
You guys are right!! I just hate when I enter in what Ive had for the day, and my RDI is RED! I think that may just have to be a day that I dont count. Im still going to be careful though.
Thanks everyone!!!
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Posted: 14 Nov 2010, 15:01
I'm leaving my house that day. I'm going to go to my aunts house and we're going to practice cooking healthy meals together. We're just going to pick a few recipes and try them out. She is vegan so it'll be interesting to see what we come up with.
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Posted: 14 Nov 2010, 18:36
On Thanksgiving morning I plan on getting up early like I do on a work day around 5:00 am and get in a good workout from a DVD, next I will shower and begin to cook the meal for the day which consists of Turkey and all the trimmings and I plan to enjoy everything I want that day while enjoying my family. It is one day and I will treat it as such and I don't plan to worry about it. On Friday I plan to get up early get in a workout and get back on plan. It is one day of freedom from counting calories and I plan on enjoying it.
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Posted: 15 Nov 2010, 10:43
I plan on eating whatever I want that day. Key thing is getting right back at it the next day. One day will not have a big impact on my long term efforts.
Indecision may or may not be my problem.
sherilyn70

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Posted: 15 Nov 2010, 10:58
Brenda Groth wrote:
to each his own but last time I went off program it took me very little time to gain all the weight back that I had lost, so I can't afford to go off program..and might never add back in foods that aren't on my program at all, ever..

I really never intend to eat those really starchy foods that people crave for holidays..there are enough low carb substitutes out there that will fill the bill..

I've blown it dozens of times over 40 years and this has to be the last time..a lifestyle change, not something I'll feel I can "cheat on"..not going to cheat on my health..was losing my vision and health, which I have regained and it means too much to me to blow it cause of a meal



There's a difference between 1 day off and falling off the wagon. If you're saying that 1 day will lead to many and you don't have enough control to get back on track Friday morning... then yes it is best to never cheat. Just like an alcoholic never drinks again after they have recovered.

However, even Dr. Atkins said that if you want a piece of chocolate cake for a celebration then eat it... just don't make it a habbit.
AnnaPo

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Posted: 15 Nov 2010, 13:01
The food thing can be tricky, but aside from the suggestions above, perhaps you can make sure that you get some good exercise on Thanksgiving as well. In the past, I've really enjoyed running the Turkey Trot 10k first thing in the morning with with my mom (she's had to give up running due to health issues, or this would still be a tradition for the two of us). Hit the gym before the festivities, go on a walk or play some touch football with family and friends after all the food, do some stretching in front of the tv, or whatever--it doesn't all have to be cooking/eating/watching football on Thanksgiving.
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Posted: 15 Nov 2010, 13:14
Thanksgiving is way more terrifying for the turkeys than it is for us Razz

Anyway, don't panic. It's a holiday, a special day. As long as you don't use the holidays as an excuse to forget about your whole new mindset on a healthy lifestyle, you will be more than fine Smile

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Posted: 15 Nov 2010, 13:47
For Halloween I ate probably 600-800 calories worth of candy but I didn't eat a single piece the two weeks before or the two weeks after when Halloween candy was lying around the office.

I don't deny myself on an actual holiday, just the many more non-holiday days before and after.
jojobombs

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Posted: 15 Nov 2010, 13:54
Such great ideas! I think I will snack on raw veggies all day, so that when its time to eat, I just don't stuff myself since I have already eaten tons of roughage.
I also send most the leftovers with everyone else so I don't pig out on leftovers for days.
Thats the plan at least....Smile
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Posted: 15 Nov 2010, 14:08
Like most are saying just eat what you want. It is good for your metabolism to have a day off, and losing weight long term is all about metabolism. I am walking proof that a day off not only doesn't hurt you, it will make your diet better.
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